Did you know that most accidental burns occur in the kitchen? While you’re probably not surprised by that statement, with Thanksgiving upon us, it’s all the more reason to take care when cooking a big holiday meal. There are several easy steps that we can take this holiday season to help prevent burns from happening to us or our loved ones. Check out these tips below:
- Keep pets out of the kitchen.
- Do not where loose clothing while cooking.
- If possible, pull your hair back while cooking.
- Keep hot items away from edges of counters and tables.
- Turn pot and pan handles toward the back or center of the stove.
- Place lids on hot items wherever possible, such as drinks and soups.
- Be aware of plug cords, keeping them away from cooking appliances.
- While cooking your holiday meal, stay in the kitchen to monitor the food.
- Keep objects such as utensils, dish towels, pot holders and containers away from cooking appliances.
- Keep children away from hot areas of the kitchen, such as stoves, ovens, kettles and coffee makers. If you aren’t able to keep them out of the kitchen completely, be sure they are kept to a safe area, such as a kitchen table or chair.
Fading Burn Scars
If you’re like my husband, you’ve already ended up with a burn scar or two from past holidays. (All the more reason to follow the tips above!) If you’re looking for a way to treat burn scars, old or new, check out Scar Away. There are three different options depending on the type of scar you have.
Typically, it takes about two months or more for a scar to fade, so that's its less apparent to other people. For yourself, you'll notice the scar feels "softer" after only a day or two of treatment, and it will start to fade the first month. During the second month it really starts to noticeably blend into the skin.